Abuses highlight urgent need for Indonesia's pending personal data protection Bill

Indonesia's pending Bill focuses on key areas ranging from data collection, processing and security to data breaches.
Indonesia's pending Bill focuses on key areas ranging from data collection, processing and security to data breaches.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

JAKARTA - For weeks, Indonesian finance officer Anita (not her real name) was swamped with abusive phone calls from collection officers after she could not pay back loans ranging from 500,000 rupiah (S$46) to 2.5 million rupiah she had borrowed from 10 online moneylenders within five months in 2017.

The loan sharks also managed to retrieve the contact numbers of her family, friends and colleagues from her phone, and demanded that they pay up on her behalf, claiming falsely that she had named them as guarantors.

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